The City of Rohnert Park partnered with Coro Northern California to launch a Leadership Rohnert Park program in 2019. At no cost to the participants, the program was designed as an opportunity for people to develop the knowledge, skills, confidence and network to become a community leader in Rohnert Park. And, if already a leader to “up your game” to be more effective. As published on the city’s website “Coro is the premiere national organization dedicated to leadership development.” This program brings diverse people together to examine issues and create a stronger, more resilient civic infrastructure.
The class of 2019-2020 certainly showed the success of the program. That cohort of 20 graduates included five who went on to elected office, commission, committee, or board work after graduation. This includes our own Vice Mayor, Jackie Elward; Fanny Lam on the Planning Commission, Hugo Mata on the Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation, Michael Thompson on the Parks and Recreation Commission, and Ann-Marie Rodriguez on the Bicycle
and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. Others applied their new skills to non-profit work or other civic engagement efforts. The class of 2020-2021 was not held due to the pandemic.
The second cohort for the 2021-2022 program are:
Sessions for this cohort will commence in September. Typically, they are a full day session once a month group type meetings with guest speakers. There are also seven evening intersession meetings usually lasting 60-90 minutes. The class will graduate May 13, 2022. For more information on the program, you can visit the city’s website at: www.rp.org or contact Assistant City Manager Don Schwartz at 707-588-2242.